Lockdown Brings the Pir Panjal Range Closer to Srinagar


Photo by Waseem Andrabi 

Photo of Lockdown Brings the Pir Panjal Range Closer to Srinagar by Isha

The majestic Pir Panjal ranges are now visible clearer than ever from Srinagar. These photographs were captured by photo journalist Waseem Andrabi who took to Twitter to share these images. The images were widely circulated by netizens on the platform. A view of Hazratbal Shrine can also be spotted in the picture. The Pir Panjal ranges lie to the west of Srinagar. Although the ranges can be seen from the city on any normal day, the drop in air pollution seems to have brought them closer to the city.

Photo by Waseem Andrabi

Photo of Srinagar by Isha

The Pir Panjal range runs across Himachal Pradesh and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. They start in the north west of Jammu and Kashmir and end in the north of Himachal Pradesh. It is the largest range in the lower Himalayas.

On the eastern side of Pir Panjal range is the famous Rohtang pass at 3,978 meters (13,051 ft) which connects two districts of Himachal Pradesh namely Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti. The ranges also host Hampta pass at 4,270 m (14,009 ft) which lies in the easternmost ranges of the pass.

Photo by Susanta Nanda

Photo of Jalandhar, Punjab, India by Isha

A few weeks back, the Dhauladhar range was visible from around 200 km in Jalandhar, Punjab. This caught many people's attention and the images went viral across social media. These ranges were visible for the first time in over 30 years thanks to clearer air.

All across India, there has been a drastic drop in air pollution levels, especially in north India according to media reports. While the lock-down has put the world on hold. With cleaner air and water, nature is finding to surprise us in all new ways.

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